We are designing and building for the future.

Established since 1987, we aim to provide our clients with the best possible service by providing a one-stop-shop when it comes to designing and building. One of the best Building Consultants in Melbourne


Residential Design

Residential Building designers in Melbourne with over 35 years of experience. Innovative Architectural drafting firm established since 1987.

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Master Builder

Registered domestic, commercial and industrial builders with the Building Control Commission. Also members of MBAV and HIA.

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Town Planning

Our experienced team of designers are highly knowledgeable in all facets of town planning requirements

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Engineering Consultant

Residential Engineering / Computations (designs of lintels, beams, posts, slabs and footings)

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About us


At A.P.T. Design, Drafting & Construction Pty Ltd, we like to consider ourselves a one-stop-shop for all things building design. The process of design and building can be daunting for some and we are here to make the ride as smooth and stress-free as possible for our clients.

As a company that has been established since 1987, apart from the extensive trade knowledge our team possesses, we have strong core values that have aided our success in the industry. These company values include honesty, reliability, quality and consistency.

We thrive ourselves on creating innovative designs that are not only appealing to the eye but are practical and comfortable living spaces to suit the budget and requirements of our clients. We are forever keeping in touch with the changes and demands in Australian & other cultural lifestyles so that our design ideas are constantly evolving. With energy efficiency and sustainability taking the front seat in building design regulations, we create designs that are efficient in energy use for the home’s cost efficiency in the long term.

When it comes to building, we commit to consistently building high quality constructions no matter the size of the project. We endeavour to make the building experience a positive and enjoyable experience for our clients. With expert supervision on our job sites, our clients can rest assured that the job will be completed professionally with quality & service being our ultimate priorities.

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Client Testimonials

In 2013 we engaged the APT Construction Group to undertake renovations to our home. They also did the design.  It was a complex job and took planning and preparation. We were very happy with the job and the after-service. Our expectations were more than exceeded. In particular we were able to maintain occupancy of our home while the work was been undertaken. If we were to design and build another home we would very definitely use their services. In fact we intend to employ their services again for future renovations that we have planned. We have no hesitation is recommending their services to any potential renovator.

regards, Sinc

Sinclair Davidson

Professor of Institutional Economics

Although I have been living overseas, mainly in London, for well over 30 years, I am Australian born and bred and have retained property interests in my home country.

Having inherited a block of land and surplus funds from my late parents, I decided a few years ago to have the property developed.

The first step was to appoint a trustworthy property manager that I could rely upon to recommend a reputable construction company in order to build a house on the vacant property.

Once this had been done, the property manager selected suggested APT Construction to me and, after doing my own research, I decided to accept his recommendation and duly appointed APT Construction to undertake the work.

I can now say I was not disappointed with my decision in that what my property manager stated proved to be true and correct.

Obviously the main difficulty in residing in England and having a building project go ahead on the other side of the world is maintaining good communication, obtaining regular feed backs and above all have confidence in the builder.

This proved to be never an issue as I received constant reports on the progress throughout construction of the house.

These reports consisted of emails, correspondence and photographs at each and every stage of the contract.

Any queries or questions I happened to have were responded to and dealt with promptly and efficiently.

For example, when the house was almost finished, I realised I wanted a material alteration to be carried out. Even though strictly speaking there was no obligation to agree to my request and it would certainly delay the completion of the job, APT Construction in fact agreed to make the late change.

The end result was in my opinion a very fine building which is what I had always wanted.

As proof, the house achieves a higher level of rental income than other properties in the vicinity.

To summarise, the quality of construction and level of service and communication cannot, in my opinion, be faulted.

Finally, I have no hesitation in using the services of APT Construction again should the need arise nor in recommending the company to anyone who would require a reference.

John Freudenthal

To whom it may concern.

In early 2012, my wife and I bought an old (approx. 35 years) two bedroom, brick veneer house in Altona.

Prior to settlement, we engaged APT Design & Drafting to develop plans for a major upgrade and modernisation of the property. The proposal included the addition of a large family room, conversion of an existing lounge room into a bedroom, complete renovation of both bathrooms, replacement of the kitchen, installation of central heating/cooling, plus other miscellaneous upgrades such polished timber floors throughout all living areas and hallway, front door replacement, etc.

Throughout the design process, we found Angelo and his team very adept at listening to our wishes and translating them into practical designs. We had a desire for feature walls in both the dining area and family room. Angelo was particularly helpful in drafting several detailed ideas for our consideration.

We were also able to inspect a large, modern, new home at near completion in a neighbouring suburb to assure ourselves of the APT organisation capability.

Subsequently, we engaged APT to undertake the building and construction of the project.

Our requirement was for the project to be completed as promptly as reasonably practical as we had sold our previous house. Work started on the renovation (internal demolition, preparation for extension foundation) within days of building permit approval. Progress on the project continued at a steady pace from that point on.

Without exception, we found all of the contractors used on the project by APT (bricklayers, roofer, plumber, electrician, tiler, carpenter) to be of the highest calibre. As a result, the quality of workmanship has resulted in a finished job to our complete satisfaction.

The steady progress on the job and quality of build is also a testament to the APT Construction Manager, Nick, who was in attendance (and often giving a helping hand to the contractors) for most the time that contractors were at work.

We would recommend APT Design, Drafting & Construction be considered for any renovation or new home project. Our experience is that their claim to be quality builders is justified.

Malcolm & Carol Wright

23 Rose St., Altona.

We first contacted Angelo 2 years ago to discuss the development potential of an investment property we held in Werribee. It was an irregular corner block in a central location and the APT Design Team delighted us with a design consisting 2 double story 3 bedroom townhouses. We decided to proceed with the designs to planning approval with Wyndham Council and we asked Angelo to also provide a quote for the construction.

Having built 2 houses in the past, we had some insight to the estimation process and decided to proceed with APT for the construction given their competitive quote. Once the contracts were signed, APT managed everything from demolishing the old house, site preparation, construction, landscaping and sub-division process. The actual construction phase of the 2 townhouses from slab to handover took 9 months.

Overall we have been extremely happy with the quality of the construction. The APT team are very professional, approachable, practical, personable and someone you can have a reasonable discussion with. Thank you Angelo & Nick.

We have no hesitation is recommending APT to anyone building their home or investment property

Ashika & Nalin Prasad


Hi Angelo,

Just wanted to say a massive thanks to you and your team for assisting me with the Washbay we installed at our service facility in Laverton North.

I can’t believe how unbelievably easy you and your team made the process.  Coming from Queensland, laws, rules and regulations are all so different so to have you on side to assist and guide me made the process flow so smoothly and allowed me to deliver my project on time which from my company’s perspective was the most important aspect.

From liaising with our other contractors and council on behalf to either get things moving or ensure things were tracking as they should, it was all just seamless.

Whenever I had a query and phoned you knew the answer to give me and if you didn’t straight away you found out and got back to me.  At times when you were busy on site somewhere else and couldn’t take my call I’d leave a message and you were always prompt in returning my calls and getting back to me which made me less stressed when I required an answer on something.

To my mind, you went above and beyond, and for that I am truly grateful – I don’t know how I would have done it without your support.

Kind Regards

Simone Smith-Henry

Project Manager

Silver Chef Limited

Dear Angelo and all the Team,

I would like to take this opportunity to THANK-YOU all for the wonderful service you have given to me.

Where does one start?  Firstly, from the moment I walked into your office, Sandra is a delight. That girl is on the ball!

Angelo you listened to me, you listened again, again and again.

Nothing was too much for you, it didn’t matter how many times I came to see you.  You always had a smile on your face. You worked with me and for me and listened to what I wanted, not what you thought.

The drawings to specifications were excellent and better than what we asked for.

The Building Permit was approved first go, no issues at all.

I highly recommend to anyone out there looking for these services, call APT.

Don’t think about it, talk about it, look at it, JUST GO AND SEE ANGELO AND HIS TEAM!!!

Thank-you for the work and excellent service you have given us.

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.

We are 100%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% satisfied!


Dezi George

18 May 2015

Dear Nick and Angelo


I would like to take this opportunity to write a testimonial/reference for APT Construction Group Proprietary Limited who I engaged to undertake renovations of my home.

APT was recommended to me and was very highly spoken of in their professionalism, quality, advice and expertise.  Also, they are a one stop shop from the very start of conception to providing drafting, plans, guidance right through from start to the finalisation of the construction.

I have never undertaken a renovation of a house of this scale and during the entire process I was treated with the utmost respect, and kept well informed at all times during the entire project which was on a massive scale.  The entire house internally was gutted and our plans put into action in creating a renovated home.

Nothing was too much trouble in explaining in detail what could be expected. Any variations for whatever reason or for any problems I was contacted immediately and was discussed thoroughly, giving me all the options of how best to implement taking into consideration the costs.  Any questions or queries I had they were only too willing to listen, providing expert advice and guidance.

I really looked forward to our onsite meetings once a week with Nick who took me through explaining where we were at.  Watching my house come back together with the expertise, guidance I received was above and beyond what I expected, which is what I was told when referred to APT and they certainly lived up to the recommendation, if not more.

Their respect for the building regulations, local laws, and occupational health and safety was well demonstrated and enforced at all times.  This is of peace of mind for me as the owner of the property I certainly would not have to deal with any issues arising as such I didn’t.

The Kitchen was quite adventurous as we decided that the bench tops and cupboards would be made from recycled wood.  This was achieved with the help of Nick and Angelo who went beyond what was required and dealt with the service provider who undertook the work, again this was really appreciated but also made my dream kitchen come to fruition.  Now completed, it is even better than we imagined, it is magnificent.  Also, feedback from the service provider who made and installed the bench tops and cupboards made from recycled wood regarding the cutting, assembly and installation of carcass was so precise and accurate.

Friends and family who saw the before and the completed renovations have commented that it is tasteful and very welcoming.

APT took into consideration my taste, what I wanted to achieve and provided advice as to how to achieve it.  They also provided information as to what should be done now and what could be done later but also ensured that I kept costs in mind.  This is a big factor especially with an older house where variations or the unexpected needs to be taken into account.

I was working fulltime, had another house on the market for sale and undertook this project all at once.  With the engagement of APT I had confidence in the management of this renovation that I could work fulltime; manage another house for sale with full confidence.

With regards to payments when they are due, providing invoices plenty of notice and so efficient in providing receipts.  Their office management is well organised, also whenever I telephoned they were willing to assist with any query regardless of how small or big.

We are about to embark on our next project with APT in demolishing a reconstruction of a new garage which we are so looking forward to as the expertise, professionalism and guidance once again I look forward to.

Sincere Regards

Jen Bugeja

With a continuing passion for architecture, building and structural design, Angelo’s goal was to create a design business that was customer focused; a go-to business from preliminary design consulting stage through to the completion of building.

With over 35 years of experience in the design industry his initial involvement was in Heavy Engineering as a Design Draftsman but always had a strong passion for architecture & building. In 1987 he diversified into architecture and building when he formed the A.P.T. Design, Drafting & Construction Pty Ltd company.

Through years of hard work and experience, Angelo has gained high credibility not only for himself but for the A.P.T. brand. His highly reputable work and work ethics have seen him become a greatly sought after designer and builder.

Founder and Managing Director

From our blog


As it comes to the time of year where people take breaks from work and spend more time with their families, or more relaxed time around the home, it’s generally the time where you start to think about your plans for the new year. That extension to your home might enter your mind again because you’re tired of not being able to comfortably entertain your guests, or you may reconsider your options for building a new home because you’re sick of hearing your kids argue in their shared bedrooms… or simply because you’re growing out of your home.

Whatever it may be, BEFORE you make the call on what it is you want to do, we can’t stress enough that you know your BUDGET. Know what it is you have to spend BEFORE meeting with your designer or builder. You don’t want to go through the whole process of designing something that looks great, it’s big, it’s got all that you ‘want’ and then get to the building stage and your quotes are coming back as figures way out of your budget. Not only is that a waste of time and money, but it’s going to cost more again in redesigning.

You also don’t want to go to your designer or builder with your absolute maximum figure that you’ve got to spend. Be reasonable and safe. Understand that sometimes unexpected construction costs may arise (especially in extensions due to findings upon commencement of works), or you may REALLY want that Caesar stone benchtop when you thought you’d be ok settling on Laminex. Leave yourself some room for play if need be, don’t max yourself out upon the acceptance of a building quote (and be weary of hidden costs with some builders – especially in the base/slab stage).

It’s important that you feel comfortable with your designer. You want to be able to ask all the questions you may think are silly, but in actual fact are questions that are putting you at ease about where you’re spending your money. It’s also important that your designer has an understanding of these four things: 1. Your budget 2. Your needs 3. Your lifestyle 4. Your wants. Upon meeting with your designer, these are the four things that are important to cover to ensure you’re wasting minimal time on going back and forth with the design (time is money) and that the design meets your brief. The reason ‘Your wants’ is number 4 is because the designer will work with your budget to first suit your ‘needs’ for your ‘lifestyle’ according to your ‘budget’ and then can incorporate the ‘wants’ if there is allowance for it.

As designers and builders, we like to offer an estimate budget quotation for the construction works at the preliminary design stage before finalising the architectural working drawings. It’s only an estimate as until final design elements are completed ie. engineering, soil test reports, energy rating reports, client specifications etc., a firm quotation cannot be given. In saying that, we like to tell our clients to allow approximately 10-20% from the budget price as a guide so they can do their rough calculations according to the preliminary design before taking things further.

Therefore, before doing anything, know how much money you’ve got to work with. There’s no point spending money on designs that are out of your reach then having to rework and rework designs until they are anywhere near your budget. Make sure you and your designer are on the same page and, finally, look at getting an estimate construction quote prior to finalizing your design and architectural drawings.

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Well here are a few things to consider before placing that deposit…

  • Allotment size: a) Is the block large enough or suitable to cater for the size of home you wish to build? Especially if it’s a single storey home (in most cases you can only build on 60% of the lot) b) Consider the width of the lot based on the front façade and style of home you wish to build
  • Contour of Land: a) Contour of land in general terms means the fall in the land. Does it fall to the front, rear or side to side? Falls in land can have effect on what you wish to build especially if you want to build to the boundary, as there is a max height of 3.2m on the boundary b) Also large falls/slopes on land can cost you extra when it comes to site costs.
  • Orientation of lot: a) Always consider the direction of north on the lot and ensure it will work with the style of home you want to build. Ideally, good designs will have the living areas windows facing to the northerly direction to have a more energy efficient home. Ideally, lots that have north direction to the sides of the allotment or to the rear of the property will be better suited to your standard designs.
  • Easements: a) Easements are usually set aside for sewerage and drainage mostly, but sometimes you come across easements that contain gas and sometimes power; these are not as common. Always be aware of easements as you cannot build over them. In some cases you are permitted to build garages over them with special permission (this needs to be applied for). Also, keep in mind that when building close to easements or over easements with garage, you will incur additional costs when it comes to foundations (the deeper the services in the easement, the greater the cost to your foundations pending the distance from the services). Therefore, always be aware of easements and ensure they will work with your proposed design ideas.
  • Specific design guidelines and body corporate fees: a) Many new subdivisions these days have specific design guidelines that need to be adhered to and in most cases require developer approval of your design before you can submit for building permits. Always ensure that you read these conditions and understand how they will affect the style type and home you wish to build (if in doubt, seek some professional advice from your building designer). b) There are the occasional subdivision these days that have a body corporate attached to them which incurs an additional fee that you are required to pay on top of your standard council rates.
  • Soil conditions: a) This is the big one. Soil conditions can really affect your site costs; especially in relation to the type of foundation that will be required based on the soil conditions. As a designer and builder I would suggest that you always obtain a soil test report to attain the soil condition of the lot prior to purchase, that way you eliminate any surprises. The average person will not really be familiar with the soil test results, so therefore I suggest you discuss it with your designer or builder for professional advice. The average person will not really be familiar with the soil test results; therefore I suggest you discuss it with your designer or builder for professional advice.

In general, my advice to you would be to seek some professional advice from a professional building designer, building consultant or drafting service provider prior to placing your deposit.

Here at APT Design, Drafting & Construction PL we can provide you with all the professional advice you require prior to your purchase to ensure you have all the facts and make the right purchase to suit your requirements. Once you have made your purchase we can assist with all your design requirements through to obtaining permits. All works guaranteed.

Hopefully these tips help when next looking to make a purchase.

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